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This Day in History for August 5

1812 – War of 1812: Tecumseh’s Native American force ambushes Thomas Van Horne’s 200 Americans at Brownstown Creek, causing them to flee and retreat.

1846 – Oregon territory divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel.

1861 – President Lincoln signs the first US personal Income Tax into law (3% of incomes over $800)

1864 – Battle of Mobile Bay, won by the Union Army led by Rear Admiral Farragut with the cry “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” (US Civil War)

1891 – World’s 1st traveler’s cheques issued (American Express)

1905 – First meeting of the Russian and Japanese peace commissioner take place in US President Theodore Roosevelt’s home at Oyster Bay, New York.

1914 – 1st electric traffic light installed in USA on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.

1924 – “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip by Harold Gray is 1st published in the New York Daily News.

1932 – Clyde Barrow and two associates kill Sheriff C.G. Maxwell and his deputy, Eugene C. Moore, the first time the Barrow gang kills a lawman.

1944 – World War II: at around 11 A.M. during the Battle of Troina, Mount Etna erupts sending ash and lava miles into the sky.

1953 – Operation “Big Switch”, Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom.

1957 – Comic strip “Andy Capp” makes its debut.

1963 – Britain, USA and USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty.

1967 – Bobby Gentry releases her only hit “Ode to Billy Joe”

1981 – US President Reagan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers.

1986 – US Senate votes for SDI-project (“Star Wars”)

1992 – 4 cops in Rodney King beating case indicted on civil rights charge.

2011 – NASA launches its Juno space probe from Cape Canaveral to orbit and study Jupiter.

2014 – President Obama signs The Iron Dome Bill providing $225 million in additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense.

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